Overcoming the Fear: April Tillery on finding her way to a blossoming dream

Fear is a four-letter word. For good reason. No word keeps a winged dreamer from flying like fear does.

April Tillery knows the weight of fear well.

“I really struggled with fear of lack for a long time,” she said. Lack of not being enough or having enough. Lack of time, resources, opportunity, potential customers. Everything.

Fear kept this wife and mom of five from freely following the nudges from God to step outside her comfort zone and discover His dream for her life. Continue reading “Overcoming the Fear: April Tillery on finding her way to a blossoming dream”

12 Bible Verses for When You Need Courage

We all need an infusion of courage from time to time. Or, in my case, basically on a daily basis. Fortunately for those who earnestly seek to know God and live a life worthy of his call, we have a wonderful Book full of reasons why we should not fear.

The Bible contains about 365 verses that tell us not to be afraid. Usually when God repeats Himself, it means we need to pay attention. He doesn’t speak these words for His own encouragement, but for ours.

He wants us to know how courageous we can be, if we just believe. Continue reading “12 Bible Verses for When You Need Courage”

When dreams change: Rachel Johnson’s turn from teacher to princess

If anyone had asked the young Rachel Johnson what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer would have come easily.

“I have felt called from God to be a teacher since I was young,” she said. “It was just always something I wanted to do.”

Six years ago, she saw her teaching dream come true when she began her first job at a Kansas City-area elementary school. Although she was thrilled to be living her long-held dream, she also felt drawn to her side job with a small company called Princess at My Party.

Continue reading “When dreams change: Rachel Johnson’s turn from teacher to princess”

The secret weapon for turning challenge into opportunity: An interview with screenwriter Shannon Phipps

Shannon Phipps never set out to be a screenwriter, never even entertained the notion. Then, one day in 2000, she watched the blockbuster movie The Sixth Sense. The superbly written plot sunk its tentacles into her creative mind, wound around her heart and pumped a craving into her veins. She too wanted to take audiences captive the way M. Night Shyamalan had with his script.

She too wanted to write for the screen.

But she had no idea how to begin. Continue reading “The secret weapon for turning challenge into opportunity: An interview with screenwriter Shannon Phipps”

Ink, Paper and Dreams: The Calligraphy Art of Jess Lundquist

Do you have that one thing you can get lost in for hours? That thing that speaks music into your soul? The thing so freeing it makes you feel the most alive?

For Jess Lundquist that one thing is art, whether visual or written word. Calligraphy, for her, is the marriage of both. The perfectly crafted swoops and delicate lines carrying a soulful poetry all their own. Continue reading “Ink, Paper and Dreams: The Calligraphy Art of Jess Lundquist”